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Monte Vista welcomes newest police officer, Lena

Posted: Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013

Dylan Sutton and K-9 officer Lena have already begun working in Monte Vista. Photo by Toni Steffens-Steward

MONTE VISTA—Lena, the new Dutch Shepard K-9 officer with the Monte Vista Police Department, has been hard at work for more than three weeks helping to reduce crime in the city.

Though three-year-old Lena can be a friendly dog, Chief James Grayson and handler Officer Dylan Sutton say she is still a working animal. Grayson says people should, “treat her like any other police officer.”

Her job is to identify marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine and several prescription drugs. Grayson says based on her preliminary work she is going to be, “very, very busy.” Right alongside her will be her handler, Sutton.

When he first interviewed for his position with the MVPD, Sutton mentioned his goal of working with a dog. But his interest started much earlier, he says, “Ever since I was a little kid, I just wanted to be a K-9 handler.”

Now, he is working to catch up to Lena on training. The dog was recertified for her work in March; Sutton will soon train along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Laredo, Texas. Lena will join him for the training.

When they return, Sutton and Lena will again be available any time of day to respond to calls,

For the complete article see the 10-24-2013 issue.

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